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By Serra Abak

In the recent years, sleep deprivation has become a serious problems for many
adults, who are struggling to bring a work-life balance to their life.
Starting from college, adults are getting less and less sleep over the years, and
problems related to sleeping, such as snoring and falling asleep behind the wheel,
have been on the rise.
It’s important to recognize that sleep deprivation has become a serious issue in the
modern world.

Three Questions

Why do we needs sleep?


Are we sleeping enough?


Why are we not sleep?


Why do we need sleep?

Recent studies have discovered that during sleep, the brain performs a job similar
to a garbage men.

The toxic waste from cells that is accumulated in the brain throughout the day
could cause cells to disintegrate and harms our brain.

During sleep, where we are functioning the least, the brain is bathed in
cerebrospinal fluid, which removes the toxic waste to the liver, where it can be
removed from the body.

Without sleep, the brain is never cleared of this toxic and leads to degeneration of
the brain. In the short term, we experience exhaustion. In the longer term, it may
lead to illnesses such as Alzheimer's.

(Business Insider)

Are we sleeping enough?
Fifty-nine percent of Americans get seven or
more hours of sleep at night, while 40% get less
than seven hours.
Those figures are largely unchanged from
Gallup polls in the 1990s and 2000s, but
Americans, on average, slept much more in the
1940s. Americans currently average 6.8 hours
of sleep at night, down more than an hour from


We know that we’re not getting enough sleep.
Almost 80% of Americans agree that a lack of sleep causes problems like difficulty
concentrating and increased stress.
In fact, 6 in 10 Americans crave sleep more than sex.

If we’re aware of this problem,

why are we not sleeping?

Why are we not sleeping?
• The latest data shows that the average time worked per week has increased by almost 20 minutes in a
• Figures from the Office for National Statistics show average hours worked by all employees, full- and
part-time, rose from 31.7 in the second quarter of 2012 to 32 in the second quarter of 2013
• Full-time workers’ hours rose from 37.2 to 37.5 over the same period, and those for part-timers rose from
15.8 to 15.9.
People are working longer hours and bringing work to home. There is pressure from companies to work



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